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Alumni/ae Profiles

Jackson Morris '07

Jackson Morris '07

Senior Policy Advisor, Pace Energy and Climate Center

Jackson Morris came to the Bard Center for Environmental Policy when he was 28 years old. Jackson received his B.A. in Sociology from Duke University, where he also received certificates in Primatology, and Markets and Management. Prior to Bard, Jackson oversaw an organic farm and managed the wholesale and retail sales of a natural foods store in Woodstock, NY. He also taught math, science, ecology, and Spanish in two schools outside of the U.S., one in the West Indies and one in the Dominican Republic. Born and raised on a horse farm in Kentucky, he has lived in the Catskills since 2004.

During his time at Bard CEP, Jackson interned for Environmental Advocates of New York, an environmental advocacy watchdog group in Albany, NY. As a policy intern, he researched potential abuses of the state's drinking water revolving fund and worked on the Campaign for Community Preservation. After graduating, Jackson went on to work for Environmental Advocates as a Government Affairs Associate and then as the Air & Energy Program Associate. His responsibilities at EANY included finding ways to cut air pollution and to promote the use of renewable energy in New York State.

"My time at Bard CEP provided me the solid foundation necessary to pursue a successful career as an advocate, lobbyist, and policy analyst for environmental issues in New York State. The holistic, intensive curriculum offered at Bard CEP was instrumental in allowing me to hit the ground running in my field, and the full semester internship has clearly paid dividends, as it grew into a permanent position before I even graduated. I would highly recommend the program to those looking for a degree that provides both sophisticated fundamental knowledge of environmental policy and the flexibility to specialize in whatever niche they wish to pursue."

In early November 2009, Jackson accepted a position as Senior Policy Advisor for the Pace Energy and Climate Center (PECC). Working out of Albany, Jackson represents PECC and the Natural Resources Defense Council to advance clean energy policies in the state capital. Jamie Van Nostrand, former director of PECC, mentioned, “We are excited to have Jackson joining us at this critical period in the New York energy scene. Jackson has a tremendous reputation in Albany as an effective advocate for clean energy polices, and it is a strategic time for us to invest in a full-time on-the-ground presence in Albany to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.”